Nation, Empire, Globe: Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars in 2014

Stella Ghervas

Stella Ghervas is senior researcher at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme d’Aquitaine (Bordeaux). Her research interests include modern European history, history of ideas, history of international relations, as well as history of Russia and South-Eastern Europe. Her major book, Réinventer la tradition: Alexandre Stourdza et l’Europe de la Sainte-Alliance, explores the intellectual climate and the political conceptions prevailing in Europe at the time of the Congress of Vienna. Her current research project investigates how the reflection on war and peace induced the awareness of Europe, as a continent and as civilization, and how it crystallized around a legal and political definition.

Todd Shepard

Todd Shepard is associate professor of history at Johns Hopkins University. His scholarship explores 20th-century France and the French Empire, with a focus on how imperialism intersects with histories of national identity, state institutions, race, and sexuality.

Visiting Scholars in 2013

Richard Drayton

Richard Drayton is Rhodes Professor Imperial History at King's College London. His work explores how empires shape economy, society, politics, and culture at both their centres and peripheries. He has published on the history of the Caribbean, in particular its intellectual life since 1800, as well as French expansion and its impact on economy and society.


Saul Dubow

Saul Dubow is Professor of History at the University of Sussex. His teaching and research concentrates on the history of modern South Africa from the early-nineteenth century to the present. He has published widely on the development of racial segregation and apartheid in all its aspects: political, ideological and intellectual. He has special interests in the history of race, ethnicity and national identity, as well as imperialism, colonial science, knowledge, and global history.

Samuel Moyn

Samuel Moyn has taught history at Columbia University, where he is now professor of history, and law at Harvard and Yale Universities. His books include “A Holocaust controversy: the Treblinka affair in postwar France” (Brandeis, 2005), “Origins of the other: Emmanuel Levinas between revelation and ethics” (Cornell, 2005), and "The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History"(Harvard, 2010).

Visiting scholars in 2011

David Cannadine

Professor Sir David Cannadine is the Whitney J Oates Senior Research Scholar within the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University. Amongst his most recent books are Making History Now and Then: Discoveries, Controversies and Explorations (Palgrave, 2008) and Mellon: An American Life (Knopf, 2006)

Linda Colley

Linda Colley is Shelby M C Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University. Her award-winning books include Britons: Forging the Nation 1707-1837 (first published 1992, third edition, 2009), Captives: Britain, Empire and the World 1600-1850 (2002), and The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History (2007). She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2009.

Antoinette Burton

Antoinette Burton is Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Amongst her sole-authored works are The Postcolonial Careers of Santha Rama Rau (2007) and Dwelling in the Archive: Women Writing House, Home and History in Late Colonial India (2003)

Tony Ballantyne

Tony Ballantyne is Professor of History at the University of Otago. Amongst his sole-authored works are Between Colonialism and Diaspora: Sikh Cultural Formations in an Imperial World (2006) and Orientalism and Race: Aryanism in the British Empire (2001)

Scholars visiting in 2010

Robert Bickers

Robert Bickers is Professor of History and Deputy Head (Research) at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Bristol. Specialises in modern China, and the history of colonialism, and in particular of the British empire and its relations with China and the history of Shanghai (1843-1950s). His most recent book is The Scramble for China: Foreign Devils in the Qing Empire, 1832-1914 (Penguin, 2011)

Nigel Worden

Nigel Worden is King George V Professor of History at the University of Cape Town. His research focuses on the eighteenth century Cape colony and its links with the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia. Amongst his most recent books is the edited collection Contingent Lives: Social Identity and Material Culture in the VOC World (Cape Town, 2007) and the fifth edition of his The making of modern South Africa; conquest, apartheid and democracy (Basil Blackwell, 2011)

Scholars visiting in 2009

Postgraduate Masterclass: Patriotism, Memory and History

July 2009

  • Professor David Blight, Yale University
  • W. Fitzhugh Brundage, University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill
  • Professor James T. Campbell, Stanford University
  • Dr Jonathan Hansen, Harvard
  • The late Professor Rhys Isaac, La Trobe University
  • Fath Davis Ruffins, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian
Worldwide Universities Network Research Mobility Scheme Visiting Scholar

September – October 2009
Dr. Kate Dossett, University of Leeds

Scholars visiting in 2008

Matthew Connelley

Matthew Connelley is Associate Professor of History at Columbia University where he specialises in international and global history.

His latest book, Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population, was published by Harvard University Press in 2008. His first book, A Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria's Fight for Independence and the Origins of the Post-Cold War Era, was published by Oxford University Press in 2002.

He has published research articles in Comparative Studies in Society and History, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, The American Historical Review, The Review française d’histoire d’Outre-mer, and Past & Present. He has also published commentary on international affairs in The Atlantic Monthly and The National Interest.

He was recently named "Top Young Historian" by History News Network

Scholars visiting in 2007

Jane Burbank

Jane Burbank is Professor of History and Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. Her current research addresses the intersections of empire, law and political practices in Eurasia. At present she is writing with Frederick Cooper a study of empires in world history.

Frederick Cooper

Frederick Cooper is Professor of History at New York University. He has written extensively on African history, colonization and decolonization, and social sciences and the colonial world.

Philippa Levine

Philippa Levine is a Professor in the History Department of the University of Southern California. She is a specialist on race and sexuality in the British Empire.

Scholars visiting in 2006

Tim Barringer

Tim Barringer is Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. He has published widely on British art and visual culture, art and empire, and American art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Martin Evans

Martin Evans is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Portsmouth. He is a specialist on French colonial history, North African history, and the history of war and memory in the twentieth century.

Bernard Porter

Bernard Porter is Emeritus Professor of History at University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney. Bernard Porter’s books include The Absent-Minded Imperialists: Britain, America and the World. His latest book, Empire and Superempire, compares modern American ‘imperialism’ with the British kind.

Martin Thomas

Martin Thomas is Reader in History at the University of Exeter. He has published widely on British and French colonialism and decolonisation, anti-colonial national, security services and the colonial state, and the links between colonial history and international history.

Megan Vaughan

Megan Vaughan is Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Cambridge. She is a specialist on the social, economic and cultural history of Africa, the history of medicine and psychiatry in Africa, slavery in the Indian Ocean, and the history of anthropology.